HOW IS COELIAC DISEASE DIAGNOSED?

In coeliac disease, gluten damages the mucosa of the small intestine. The first stage of coeliac disease diagnosis is a blood test, which looks for certain antibodies specific to coeliac disease. If the blood test is positive, a sample is taken from the small intestine, known as a small intestine biopsy. If the blood test is negative, usually no biopsy is performed.

CONTACT YOUR HEALTH CENTRE

CONTACT YOUR HEALTH CENTRE

If you think you may have coeliac disease, please contact your doctor or health centre so they can take a blood test. If you have coeliac disease and start eating a gluten-free diet, the intestine will gradually heal and make a diagnosis more complicated. Therefore it’s important that you continue to eat gluten right up until all testing is complete in order for coeliac disease to appear on the tests.